The Hussy Hicks have a unique musical approach that spans many genres – from boisterous blues and roots, to contemporary folk fortified with delicious vocal harmonies; alt country inspired tales from the road to 80’s style power ballads. The girls, Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz are highly regarded for their musicality by their fellow musicians and punters alike, you can expect lots of interactive jamming, killer guitar licks and soaring vocals. This approach has seen them on stage jamming with everyone from Michael Franti and Edward Sharp (Alex Ebert) to John Butler and the Indigo Girls.
Hussy Hicks are perpetually on the move, playing the festival circuit and touring across Australia, Europe and USA whilst continually creating new music, collaborating with other artists and maintaining a genuine excitement for their chosen lifestyle.
“Hussy Hicks Rock!” – Michael Franti
“A not to be missed act that are ready for the world” – Peter Noble, Bluesfest Director
“These girls epitomise everything I admire about great music – instinct, passion, courage, creativity and a distinct refusal to compromise their vision” – Kim Cheshire, Country Update Magazine
“Watching Julz Parker play her custom-made acoustic dreadnought is nothing short of breath-taking; a stark reminder of the huge gap between simply ‘playing guitar’ and the ability to make an instrument the extension of your musical imagination.” – Sabian Wilde, X Press Magazine
“a swirling blend of dreamy country twang and soulful blues influences” – Scott Templeton, Esperanto
“You won’t find a finer female lead guitarist than Julz Parker, who switched from acoustic to electric with ease. As for the voice of Leesa Gentz, it soars and screams yet can be as gentle as a feather tickling your back.” – Derrick Cromb, Blues Radio
2017 – CD & Vinyl “On The Boundaries” collaboration with Raphael White
2016 – CD & Vinyl “Lucky Joe’s Wine and other tales from Dog River”
2014 – Live CD “Broadbeach Blues Bootleg”
2013 – CD “The London Sessions”
2012 – CD “Postcards and Previews” Live in Switzerland
2010 – CD “A Million Different Truths” (produced by Hussy Hicks and Ando Van Andony)
2009 – Live DVD “Hussy Hicks Live at The Soundlounge” (produced by Gaia Films)
2008 – CD “Life Plays Out” (produced by Bill Chambers)
Sarzana International Guitar Meeting, Italy Madame Guitar Festival, Tricesimo Italy Alcamo Blues Festival, Sicily Galago Jazz Festival, Sicily Berlin Carnival of Cultures, Germany Marienplatz Festival, Stuttgart Germany Beijing Midi Festival, China Dubai Original Music Festival, UAE Hamburg Stadtkultur Festival, Germany Memorial Unleashed, Florida USA Les Bains Rocks, France Blue Balls Festival, Switzerland
Byron Bay Bluesfest, NSW Falls Festival, NSW Port Fairy Folk Festival, Vic Fairbridge Folk Festival, WA Nannup Music Festival, WA Blues at Bridgetown, WA Apollo Bay Music Festival, Vic Queenscliff Music Festival, Vic Gympie Muster, QLD Mullum Music Festival, NSW Peak Festival, NSW Blues on broadbeach, QLD
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org … Website – www.hussyhicks.com … Facebook – www.facebook.com/hussyhicks
Hailing from the Barossa Valley in South Australia, Michaela Jenke is a singer/songwriter who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of music categorisation. Her style entwines country rock, alternative country and Americana, which has stemmed from influences by the likes of Hank Williams, Gillian Welch and Oasis.
On June 16 Michaela released her highly anticipated debut EP, Diamonds Outta Dirt, which was recorded and produced by Bill Chambers at his studio on the NSW Central Coast. The five songs on the release are written by Michaela, one of those being a co-write with one of Australian country music’s most acclaimed songwriters, Allan Caswell.
Michaela is a graduate of the 2017 CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music and alongside her fellow graduates opened the official concert at the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
She has performed with and supported some of Australia’s biggest names in country music including Amber Lawrence and Bill Chambers.
Always performing alongside her is guitarist Reid Sampson, whose blistering handiwork is the perfect accompaniment to Michaela’s silvery voice. The pair’s live performances have been described as captivating and the perfect blend on stage.
Michaela has been likened to the sounds of Rosanne Cash and Sara Evans. Her debut EP showcases her love for the sounds of bluegrass, swap, rock and twang. Diamonds Outta Dirt is a dose of fresh country and proves Michaela is an artist to watch!
By the time you see Michaela and Reid opening for Hussy Hicks they will have just returned from Tamworth Country Music Festival where they are booked for a full program of gigs! How lucky are we to have all these amazing musos at The Barn @ Wombat Flat!
Equine artist Yvette Frahn
The Barn @ Wombat Flat aims to pair visual artists with our events and we are thrilled to be able to introduce all of you to renowned equine artist Yvette Frahn. We have our fingers crossed that she will be able to exhibit some of the works she will be taking to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame’s art exposition in Texas in August 2018.
“My passion for drawing horses started when I was 4 and saw my first live horse outside the kindergarten gates. I can honestly say they became the most important thing in my life for many years after that and they are still integral to who I am now. I started drawing them constantly from that age and improved my work every time I saw another horse.
Eventually my parents decided that the only way to stop my significant pestering was to give me one for my 12th birthday. Little did they know just what they’d gotten into. From that time on my drive to be involved with horses grew into a competitiveness which resulted in success I’d never considered myself capable of. We progressed through a few horses until ‘Blue Jasper’ arrived – leading to a 22 year love affair, significant success in showjumping (culminating with winning the Balharry Cup, the trophy for highest points achieved by a south Australian Showjumper) and a string of extraordinary drawings. (No other horse since has had the same life changing effect on me)
I studied horse husbandry at Roseworthy Agricultural College and became heavily involved in anatomy – dissecting, and became the ‘go to’ girl for anatomical drawings from class. My insatiable artistic needs were met a few years later when I did a Degree in Visual Arts with Ballarat University (my graduand exhibition was a collection of large pastel equine closeups), followed by a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education with the same uni. I have also studied Remedial Massage (for humans), enhancing my anatomical knowledge. My comprehensive understanding of equine anatomy allows me to see inside the horse, the muscularity and hardness of bones under the skin, the extraordinary play of light on a metallic sheen of a fine coat. The character of each equine through movement and frozen moments. I consider myself a colourist and combine my anatomical knowledge with an ability to see and interpret details and colours which only seem to exist through my eyes.
I combine this collection of knowledge with my emotional response to the subject matter, creating drawings and paintings which contain the true spirit of the equine. It is for me the ultimate way to connect to my horses. My commissioned work is all about capturing this intimate relationship which only comes from being completely at one with the horse.”
This is a Non BYO food and drink event because we have two great partners to serve you! Their food and wine will be available for you to purchase on the night.
Ricca Terra Wines
Our wine partner for this event is Ricca Terra Farms. Ricca Terra Vintners is 16 years in the making. Ashley & Holly Ratcliff have grown and sold their grapes to some of the greatest winemakers in Australia. Today, Ricca Terra Vintners has established the mantra to blend grape varieties in the vineyard rather than in the winery….and make wines of interest with stories to tell!
Forage Supply Co
We’ve teamed up with Scott Rogasch and Justin Westhoff for good reasons! Not only will Forage Supply Co serve you awesome, delicious food but their commitment to sustainability shows that even the smallest of changes can make a big difference. This month they saved 1,105,594L of water, saved 4460m2 of land and donated 328 plant-based meals to the homeless. Check them out at www.foragesupply.co
Gates open 5:30pm, music at 7:00pm. Great wines from Ricca Terra and Fabulous food from Forage Supply Co will be available for purchase. No BYO food or drink please…..you’ll thank us!